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Art and Design Diploma Level 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

This Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design is the ideal route for anyone who would like to complete one of our Level 3 courses here at The Manchester College but who doesn’t yet meet the necessary entry requirements. Throughout the whole year, you’ll have the chance to work across a range of materials and disciplines, developing your practical and analytical skills in areas such as graphic and communication design, fashion & textiles, drawing, and working with 3D materials. You’ll be able to focus on your own creative potential, and use your skills to find innovative solutions to a number of art and design problems, some of which will be posed to you directly by employers in live briefs. This will give you real work experience of the industry and - along with sessions on study skills like reflective thinking, self-management and problem solving – will help prepare you for a future successful career. As with nearly all of our creative qualifications this diploma is awarded by University of the Arts London Awarding Body - the only specialist creative arts awarding body in the UK.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to have at least two GCSEs at grade D or above, including either English or Maths, to enrol on this course. Alternatively, you’ll have completed the Level 1 Diploma in Art & Design. You should also be enthusiastic about the subject, and it would be helpful to have a small portfolio of art work for your interview.Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.If you’re an adult learner, you’ll be able to join us on this Level 2 Diploma without previous qualifications if you can attend an interview and show us your ability to cope with the demands of study, based on your previous experience, commitment and interests.


During this Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design, you’ll be assessed via a range of creative briefs, each designed to combine practical and theoretical studies and challenge you to develop creative solutions. You’ll also take part in lectures/presentations, discussion group critiques and computer workshops.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

When you have completed this Level 2 course, you’ll have the qualification needed to advance onto any one of our specialist Level 3 diplomas, including Fashion & Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design & Visual Communication, Jewellery Design, or 3D & Spatial Design. Alternatively, you can also take the more general Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design here at The Manchester College, if you don’t want to specialise yet. Whichever route you take, you’ll be well on your way to a rewarding career in design and visual arts.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 April 2018
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    • Shena Simon Campus is a vibrant sixth form centre in the heart of Manchester. The campus offers a full range of A levels and is well known for its excellent performing arts and music courses. It has industry standard media facilities and two theatres.

      Performances at the Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre are open to the public and are advertised on our events page.

      Facilities at Shena Simon Campus include:

      • rehearsal rooms and recording studios
      • IT suites designed for music and media production
      • DJ skills booths
      • photography studios and darkroom
      • Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre
      • theatre set production workshop
      • science labs
      • dance studios
      • library resources centre (LRC)

      Local area

      Shena Simon Campus is a Grade II listed building in a lively and beautiful part of the city centre. Whitworth Gardens, also known as Sackville Park, is a leafy urban oasis next to the campus. Shena Simon is surrounded by university buildings, giving 16-18 year olds a window into student life. The streets around the campus have lots of interesting architecture in the ornate style of the textile industry.

      Manchester’s central bus station and Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations are a few minutes’ walk from the campus. The National Express coach station is just around the corner.

      Shena Simon has the benefit of all the city centre’s attractions. It is particularly close to Chinatown and the Cornerhouse gallery and arts cinema.